A mountain with an altitude of 2351 meters in the Atlantic Ocean, is undoubtedly the best way to describe the place that you are about to visit, Pico Island belongs to the Azores which in turn is a region of Portugal in the European Union. It is an island that offers great tranquillity and security and at the same time, a notion of being part of a group of islands, which no other island in Azores can provide, due to it’s proximity to the island of Faial and S. Jorge. Tourists may travel by boat between Pico and Faial in only 15 minutes and between Pico Island and S. Jorge in 30 minutes (spring / summer).
The Baía da Barca venture is located in the Madalena Village, in a quiet area in front of the Sea, 800 meters from the passenger sea port and 7.5 km from the airport. Taking into account these factors, accessibility is very quick, which allows for guests to enjoy a well deserved rest after hours of travel.
The Village of Madalena possesses very quiet and peaceful lifestyle, ideal for anyone needing to escape the stresses of big cities, but not wanting to be isolated from human contact. The waves of Baía da Barca during the winter and the crystalline waters during the summer provide tranquillity and a unique beauty, and from our facilities, you may have a privileged view over the bay.
The Azores enjoys a temperate climate throughout the year without large changes in temperature. Temperatures range from an annual average of at least 14 ºC and a pleasant 24.8 ºC (average in August). The mean temperature of seawater, influenced by the Gulf Stream, is situated between 16 C and 22ºC throughout the year.
Nature and Environment
Dozens of nature reserves, protected areas of the landscape, parks and recreational forest areas, covering all nine islands can testify to the care the Regional Government has had in the preservation of the ecosystems in the archipelago. This is the main reason why the Azores was presented with an honourable mention in the European Tourism and Environmental Prize.
The nearly 60 endemic vascular plants, many of them relics of the Tertiary “laurissilvas” make the Azores a natural botanical garden, interesting to all those interested in plants. Bush Cedar, heather, moor besom, mountain grape, white wood, wild cherry, cornel cherry, “vinhático”, and “tamujo” are some of the local species, to which, since early settlement in the 16th century, have been added other crops for food, lumber, or simply to meet the local demand for colourful flowers.
Birds are one of the main attractions of the region, with emphasis on the “Azores bullfinch”, an endemic species, the “black kite”, the blackbird, the “cagarro”, the wood pigeon, and the common pink tern. The sea surrounding the Azores, containing hundreds of species of fish and shellfish, as well as large whales and dolphins, is a veritable living aquarium, perfect for those who enjoy underwater observation activities.
The nine islands of the Azores are different in their landscapes and their charms. All, however, have common points as the presence of stunning greens, flowers, volcanic phenomena, which in some left magnificent lagoons at the bottom of craters, and in others, mysterious caves, grottoes, tunnels, and in the case of Pico Island, a majestic mountain. Visiting the Azores is to enter a world where Nature displays all its exuberant beauty, and where human presence is easily overlooked as we feel transported to a primordial universe.
Maritime Transport – The inter island connections in the triangle work very well during the summer season, and are the only connections that remain operational through the winter. The Pico / Faial journey takes fifteen minutes, and the Pico / San Jorge journey takes 30 minutes.
Air Transport - Flights connecting the islands, and also directly to Lisbon exist in the airports of Pico, Faial, Terceira and São Miguel.